Castle at Night

After completing this 1000 piece wooden puzzle I decided I liked it so much I thought I’d make a frame for it. The puzzle itself was quite challenging, but the frame proved to be a chore in itself. I used flat, mild steel stock for the frame, and 3/8″ square stock for the borders. After welding all the edges I ground them all down for a nice, smooth finish. I then gave the bare frame a rust colored finish to protect it from actual rust. The filigree pieces at the corners, and badges on the top and bottom rails I cut out of 1 1/2″ mild steel flat stock, on a band saw, welded them together and ground them smooth, down to the bare steel finish. I then hand filed all the edges to remove the saw marks. I also gave the completed frame, less figures, a few coats of Satin Polyurethane for added protection.
The beautiful, fine Pewter Castles I added are some of Perth Pewter’s finest pieces. They contain many Swarovsky, lead glass crystals that sparkle very nicely under lights.
So I’m glad I decided to frame this puzzle, and I’m very happy with the end result. Hope you like it too.

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Dimensions: 27 x 37 x 5 (w x h x d) Weight: 40 lbs.

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